Superman #39

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason Artist: Barry Kitson Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 17, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 27
8.6Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

What would it be like to fly with the Man of Steel? Some very special children find out as Superman fulfills some unique wishes.
RATED T

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Feb 5, 2018

    Few superheroes can effectively star in a story such as the one told by Tomasi and Gleason here and actually shoulder the moral weight that it requires. This is why Superman is and always will be a special creation and a special character in the right writers' hands. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Scott Shuken Jan 17, 2018

    Writers of superheroes and especially Superman should take note: It's important to take a step back from insane comic book plots and just remind yourself what makes a character special. Issues like this one remind me why I love Superman, and why I'll keep reading Superman for the rest of my life. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Kevin Given Jan 17, 2018

    Yes, this is a filler issue. There's no earth threatening danger, no super powered bad guys, no internal conflict or cliff hanger to be continued arc. It's just a simple tale. But Kudos to this creative team for bringing it to us. Because, you see, this is a story that has to be told. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Jan 17, 2018

    This one-off story brought a smile to my face with a book that is full of positivity. I highly recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jan 17, 2018

    Fictional heroes represent the virtues we hope to embody. With all of their powers, they choose to protect and inspire. On a fundamental level, they illicit wonder. With its premise, its dialogue, its fantastic artwork, Superman #39 is a one-shot story that masterfully demonstrates why Superman and Co. have captured the collective imagination. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 17, 2018

    Maybe its just the state of the times, but more and more Im gravitating towards comics that make me smile and theres few better on that front than Superman. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jan 19, 2018

    How sad that kids have to grapple with this stuff. I love this issue for the 'very special' story it was. You can't do issues like this all the time. But now and then, giving us the human interest story that reminds us what a great guy Superman is reminds me why I still read the comics, why I am still inspired. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Tom Zimm Jan 17, 2018

    This all-ages book is beautifully drawn and the colors brighten this already inspiring story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Jan 17, 2018

    While this isn't necessarily an important issue in terms of continuity or the overall story the writers are telling, this is a fun interlude and solid adventure through space as we're reminded of who Superman really is. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Jan 17, 2018

    SUPERMAN #39 is a fulfillment of childhood nostalgia that presents itself as a lovely tale. As a result, readers will enjoy a refreshing issue that is light in tone and high in entertainment. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 22, 2018

    Superman #39 is an incredible treat from beginning to end. Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason deliver a touching story featuring Superman and the Justice League giving children dealing with cancer an incredible day of experiences. This is a must read comic book that every DC Comics fan should pick up immediately. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 17, 2018

    The story this issue will remind a lot of people of classic tales like "The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man" or the fan-favorite "Metropolis Mailbag" issues that Dan Jurgens did yearly back in the day. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina Jan 17, 2018

    Heres the deal, there were a lot of Easter eggs spread out through some of the panels from Watchmen lore that I just couldnt identify, that artist Barry Kitson took the time to draw really well and I cant help but speculate that some of the characters will play into future issues of the Doomsday Clock. Either way I cant wait to see how DC pulls of the prestige part of this story. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Comic Watch - Jericho Wilson Jan 23, 2018

    Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleasons latest issue of Superman is a welcome return to form. The kindness and focus on children was missed. Barry Kitson does a good job illustrating this one-and-done issue. This is an old-school comic book that anyone can read and enjoy! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jan 18, 2018

    Yes, it's a fill-in issue, but still enjoyable, especially as an homage to the eighties comics I remember from my youth. Superman remains one of DC's best titles. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 18, 2018

    This issue is a feel-good detour that may be a little low in storytelling calories, but it's the kind of one-off I'm glad exists. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Blair Marnell Jan 18, 2018

    Visually, this is a very, very good book. It's also incredibly boring to read. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 16, 2018

    While it's hard to rate a book where our heroes show cancer kids a good time poorly, there really isn't much to this issue in terms of substance and even the art wasn't something that I could really find myself enjoying completely.  That being said though, there are some touching moments here and some silliness that is appreciated so if you're looking for a decent feel good breather from Superman than maybe this issue is for you.  It's just an issue that didn't feel necessary when it was all said and done. Read Full Review

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